Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.
United Kingdom, 1967. Curtwel Productions, Global. Screenplay by Michael Reeves, Tom Baker, from an idea by John Burke. Cinematography by Stanley A. Long. Produced by Patrick Curtis, Tony Tenser. Music by Paul Ferris. Production Design by Tony Curtis. Film Editing by Susan Michie, David Woodward.
Lifeless fantasy starring Boris Karloff as an experimental researcher whose past work has gotten him blacklisted in the medical community, relegating him to creating his latest project in the apartment he shares with his wife Catherine Lacey. They lure a handsome young man home by promising him a “new experience”, which in Groovy London is believable because all the kids are looking for the newest drug; when he arrives, he is hooked into their laughable contraption, a psychic device which lets the older couple tap into their victim’s mind so deeply that they can control him no matter where he goes and also experience everything he does (if he goes swimming, they feel themselves plunged in cool water, that sort of thing). Karloff sees it as a great opportunity to make life easier for his fellow elderly citizens, but Lacey goes full Invisible Man power-mad, unleashing her worst fantasies on the human puppet by having him commit robberies and murders. Sounds like juicy exploitation in the campiest vein, but it mainly plays out in long, boring scenes that are excuses to watch young people enjoy the nightlife in Swinging Sixties clubs while the old folks perform all their scenes at a kitchen table. Utterly boring and poorly directed, this was the second last film from Michael Reeves, who died two years later of a drug overdose at the age of 25.